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of muammar gadhafi. someone fired a rocket into the u.s. consulate in benghazi during a chaotic protest. we're going to join cnn joeman. she's with us. tell us about this attention that erupted in benghazi. it did not actually happen in tripoli. are you in tripoli. how are people responding to what has taken place? >> well, the situation here in tripoli does seem to be normal. people are on the streets. there seems to be nothing but the news that -- of what happened in bengazy spreading across tripoli today. most of the people i have token to, people in the capital here, are shocked and saddened by this attack. they say that it does not reflect the way libyans treat their guests. this is not the way libyans feel about the united states, and they do appreciate and do express gratitude for the rule the united states played last year as part of the nato alliance in helping the libyan people in ousting mow har gadhafi during their revolution. we are hearing also from government officials who are condemning this. they're also promising to bring those responsible to justice to have an investigati
in benghazi, and were waitinged for an opportunity to strike. that opportunity came in a street riot last night. here's secretary of state hillary clinton today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. live at the state department now to ellise. first of all, to the new information we are getting here because this is very rare. we understand for an ambassador to be killed by terrorists. does it change how people feel about what has happened at the state department that people's dear friend and colleague that he was not targeted, but this was something of a tragic accident? >> suzanne, i think the halls of the state department really are mourning right now everybody. chris stevens was someone that was well known to everybody. effects one of the most pop lash -- popular people of the foreign service. if you hear about one random person -- not to make light of their death, but one random person killed in a rocket attack, but this was someone that everyone in the state department knew. he was a very public figure, and right now everybody
with the libyan government over the details of last week's attacks in benghazi. the white house, funding for nearly a week that the violence and the protests brendan got the muslim world is based solely on a entitle him it internet video and that the murders in libya were a spontaneous result of this process. >> the information, the best information on the best protection we have today is that in fact, this was not a pre-planned, premeditated attack. that would have been initially, it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo. as a consequence of the video. lou: the libyan interim president talks about the event in the way in which they unfolded in benghazi and why. he believes foreign al qaeda fighters have been pouring into libya since the revolution began, and that the attack against the ambassador and the consulate was carefully plotted to occur on the anniversary of september 11. >> i think we have chose the specific dates of the so-called demonstration. i think this leaves us with no doubt that this is a pre-planned to determine. >> witnesses and intelligence
but destroyed by arson. as for the attack in benghazi that killed chris stevens, our ambassador to libya and three other americans on 9/11 this year, state department spokesperson victoria knew land ruled out any further disclosure about those events. just to be a clear a reporter asked her in a rare 5:00 p.m. briefing on friday night, you won't be talking about the circumstances of ambassador stevens death. that includes the attack? correct. or what led up to the correct? correct, new land replied. every debail about the benghazi attack is totally off limits for west? this is something you need to talk to the. fbi about knot us about because it is their investigation, nuland said. ambassador susan rice appearing about all five sunday shows did not appear bound by the new rules. her comments around the benghazi attack diverted sharply from what senior libyan officials have been saying. >> the best information and best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. what happened initially, it was a spontaneous reaction to what had transpired in ca
weren't planned in benghazi when there was smuch it was orchestrated al qaeda related attack. that will come later in rallies in ohio and the campaign trail. today he will announce he is planning a major foreign policy speech in next couple weeks. details on that forthcoming. which illustrates on romney and paul ryan's campaign which was thought focused on the jobs and economy has been forced into a broadened portfolio to include foreign policy and international affairs. it turned out to be fortuitous. there was a lot of speculation that mitt romney's relative inexperience one-term governor of massachusetts up against a commander-in-chief that claimed to kill bin laden would be a real liability. we've seen in recent weeks mr. romney has been able to get on offense. he was criticized for his early statements suggesting that the cairo embassy remarks attacks on benghazi were inappropriate. when you look at the subsequent list of alleged gaffs, misstatements and inappropriate rhetoric the president has been accused of even suggesting egypt isn't an ally made it possible for mr.
states. at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya's second largest city, at least one american staff member was killed after gunmen stormed the compound and burned it down. we've got some amateur video here into nbc news from the scene. if you listen, you can hear gunshots going off in the background. witnesses say the attackers were armed with automatic rifles, rpgs. libyan forces stationed there said to have little to stop the violence. >>> in neighboring cairo, angry protesters scaled the fortified walls of the u.s. embassy, destroyed the american flag and replaced it with a black islamic banner. most of the u.s. diplomatic staff had already been evacuated in anticipation of this protest. both incidents reportedly are reaction to a little-known amateur movie produced in the united states which ridiculed the prophet mohammed. it gained attention because an obscure florida pastor began promoting it, the same man who triggered deadly riots in afghanistan when he threatened to burn the koran. we want to go straight to cairo where we find nbc chief foreign correspondent, richard engel.
at the consulate in benghazi. secretary of state hillary clinton was scheduled to testify to congress in a closed intelligence briefing today. it's been suggested the u.s. was warned about that attack in libya three days before it happened. the administration insists they haven't seen intelligence about "significant advanced planning" for that attack. but interestingly the white house is now calling the deadly assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi a terrorist attack for the first time. and it happened on the anniversary of 9/11. fancy that. u.s. relations with israel at least on the surface appear to be getting much worse as president obama continues to say he doesn't have time to meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. iran continues to march toward nuclear weapons. syria continues to murder its own people. it all suddenly feels much worse than it has for some time. here's the question, how satisfied are you with u.s. policy in the middle east? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile. post a comment. or go to our post on "the situation room" facebook page. wolf. >> jack, thank you. >>> meanw
veteran who served in missions from baghdad to benghazi. tyrone woods and glen doherty were former navy s.e.a.l.s who were working as diplomatic security officers at the u.s. consulate. the bodies were met by u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton, vice president joe biden and president barack obama. >> but even as voices of mistrust and suspicion seem to divide countries and cultures from one another, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. >> we've seen the anti-american protests popping up in more than a dozen countries now, but not all of them have been violent like what we've seen in egypt or libya. many more of the protests have been peaceful like this one in pakistan, with muslim demonstrators voicing their anger over an anti-muslim film produced in the u.s. >> some of the largest anti-american protests have been in cairo where officials were forced to build large concrete walls in the streets just to keep protesters away from the u.s. embassy there. ian lee joins me now from cairo. we know at points there's been lots of people, thousands of people, at leas
this year. libya, where four americans were murdered at the consulate in benghazi last week gets a little over $13 million in financial assistance, and egypt where we saw people burning the american flag, they accept more than $1.5 billion from the united states, and the obama administration would like to keep that money flowing, sending secretary of state hillary clinton to make the case to congress today where the administration's getting more and more pushback on this issue. joining me now, retired four-star general jack keane who's a former vice chief of stash for the army and a fox news military analyst. general, more and more we're hearing republican lawmakers, and we had senator rand paul last week saying it's time to put a stop to this. why would we be funneling billions of dollars worth of aid into countries where we are seeing scenes like this? what's your thought? >> well, listen, your viewers and anybody looking at those guys on the wall and burning the american flag would have an understandable reaction, and i can certainly understand the frustration on the part of congress,
.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. and sky news, our cousins across the pond in britain, are reporting tonight that the libyan interior ministry is saying that an american has been killed in the clashes there. >> shep: it is astounding to hear it from the analyst how either one person or one tiny group among 300 million people in this country can cause this sort of a problem. we know it's not the first time we've seen this sort of protest. far from it. >> we remember, of course, the protests that happened after that christian church leader in florida, terry jones, proposed burning the koran back in 2010. then, of course, there were the protests across the middle east in 2005 after a danish magazine published caricatures of the prophet, mohammed. the concern now with this particular incident in egypt is this is the new egypt, the new egyptian president is a member of the muslim brother shed and there will be questions about security outside the u.s. embassy. u.s. marines are responsible for security up to the perimeter wall. egyptian security forces should have been there. one imagine would cos
the benghazi consulate facility there, which is a villa, surrounded by a hedge had and iron gate, but secondarily they then went after the u.s. safe house inside benghazi where the team had evacuated to and he says that level of coordination of the attacks pointed to fact this is not a spontaneous planned attacked, but by somebody like al-qaeda. >> harris: leyland, tell me this, we can see some activity behind you, what's happening in cairo right now? >> right now, you could say it's really a tense calm here in cairo and you can feel the tension, you can also smell the tension in the tear gas and on the street and so much that they have he' burned down not quite with the gun powder here. we took a look around and at one point you might call a compound and now looks more like an armed circuit. >> and this graffiti doesn't need any translation, u.s.a go to hell and it's spray painted on what they can find, including the trees. businesses reopened after the four days of riots which you can see and feel the lingering affects and the tear gas is in the haair and it's miserable and the
assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary libya, and they escalated into a much more violent episode. >> nbc is live for us in benghazi, libya. let's talk about the u.s. officials who are on the ground now. how many of the suspects are in custody and are there any leads on other suspects? >> alex, we had the chance yesterday to speak to libya's president, head of the general national council here. he told us he did agree with ambassador rice on one point. he believes this was a sinister, preplanned attack. this was the hallmark of foreign militants who had come into libya to exploit the security vacuum here and planned a very specific attack against the united
to join in this quote, blessed mission. in benghazi, hundreds protesting against the militia blamed for the a tack on the embassy. and to rid them of the those in eastern libya and the collapse of the regime. and a source telling the evidence points to a joint evident by al sharia not tied with al-qaeda, but sympathetic tried to fail establishing a state in eastern libya. and, the detainee is linked to the group in libya considered the most extremely. given the consulate attack is now branded tyrannyism, why the obama administration seems to be leaning to criminal prosecution. >> how could an attack go that long and what kind of response do we have in place for an attack that of could have went from six to ten to 12 hours and the law enforcement model seems to be being used here. i think that's a huge mistake, the fbi agent who briefed us was singularly unimpressive. >> reporter: fox news is first it report on 9-13 two days of the attack there was evidence suggesting insider help and reuters is now reporting that that is the central focus of the fbi investigation. guys, back to you
in the consulate in benghazi in eastern libya, there is a cross border aspect to this story that is making right now in tunis. and another aspect of the story tunisia, like other countries are being hard-hit by the united states to stop the radicalism we see here in wake of the arab spring. they told me they did not see the tunisia step between the protests of the islamist and protestors the other friday that did knowledge damage to the u.s. embassy, and its compound and a school nearby where about a hundred american kids were staying until about two hours before the protest. there with us a demand coming from the americans that the tunisia act against these radicals. and there was a taunt in that too. tunisia looking to america to fork over half a billion dollars in needed money over the next year to payoff loans in this economy. there is a bit of a taunt there too by the united states that, hey you come through there and then maybe we can come through with this. back to the breaking news, we'll get a hard confirm when we get our crew on the ground seeing this. about a thousand security surroun
terrorist act against the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> we also need to understand that this is a fairly volatile situation and it is in response, not to the united states policy, not to the administration, not to the american people, it is in response to a video. >> to think that the libyan people are somehow involved in this is just not acrats. it was a terrorist attack. organized and carried out by terrorists. >> the people of egypt, libya, yemen and tunisia did not trade the terny of a dictator for the terny of a mob. >> when it comes to criticism, i would note that many observers, commentators and foreign policy expert, as well as elected officials, democrat and republicans, have pointed out that criticism in particular from governor romny and his team in what seems to be an attempt to score a political point, has been both factually wrong and poorly timed. >> we are told by the media that mitt romney spoke to soon the other day. we are told that mitt romney has no foreign policy experience. yet it was romney who issued the most responsible and presidential statement of anybody. >>
in benghazi were attacks on america. we are grateful for the assistance we receive from the libyan government and from the libyan people. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. i also appreciate that in recent days, the leaders of other countries in the region, including egypt, tunisia, and yemen, have taken steps to secure our diplomatic facilities. and so have religious authorities around the world. but, understand that the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on america. there are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the united nations was founded. the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully. diplomacy can take the place of work. -- diplomacy can take the place of war. all of us have a stake in working for a greater opportunity for our citizens. if we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an embassy or to put out statements of regret and wait for the outrage to pass. we are serious about these ideals. we must speak
. our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted by the video. >> these territotraitors, the wy they acted, them choosing specific dates for this so- called demonstration, i think this leaves us with no doubt that this was preplanned, predetermined. host: here's the headline in the washington times -- on facebook, getting some of your comments on our questions on should the u.s. government control web content? an independent in pennsylvania, walid. caller: how are you? i think they should pull the video. host: why? caller: it's not about freedom of speech. we are supposed to have all these type of freedoms. by the same token, what are you seeing as far as cameras on everything? it's just free any more. it's ok to intrude with the patriot act in our phone calls and things of that nature. i don't have a problem with -- they don't have a problem with that. but people have a problem with not pulling inflam
to be cautioused on what the president believes about benghazi. this is a president who said in the new york times, that the muslim call to prayer is one of the prettiest sounds he has heard at sunset. i guess you have your own opinion of what it sounds like. but it makes one wonder what the president believes about the mushim world. you talk about practicing religion, i wonder if ambassador stevens gets to survive because of a youtube video. it is all a red herring and this doesn't happen on 9/11. and it reminds me, steve and reminds me the president and administration and military trying to characterize the fort hood massacre not far from where i am here in dallas as workplace violence. that is minimizing extremism and secretary of state was a small band of people. if that is a small band, i don't want that on my doorstep. >> steve: no. michael goodwin said whose side are you on? he meets with the muslim brotherhood and yet when netanyahu is in town he doesn't meet with him. >> it was a big story that was lost in the aftermath of the killings at the embassy. when the president said i don't have
. >> what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just tran spispired hours befor cairo. almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted, of course, by the video. >> most people don't bring rocket propelled grenades and heavy weapons to a demonstration. that was an act of terror. and for anyone to disagree with that fundamental fact, i think, is really ignoring the facts. >> libya's president says foreign extremists did plan the attack. but in egypt, officials say some protesters there actually got paid to participate. of course, events overseas have already changed the dialogue when it comes to the election here at home. until now, mitt romney's message has centered on the economy. with obama leading in the polls, republicans have seized on the embassy crisis to attack the president's leadership. >> all of us are watching events closely. but we know who america is dealing with in these attacks. they are extremists who operate by violence and intimidation. and the least equivocation or mixed signal only
of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. there is no dignity in that. the people of benghazi sent this message loudly and clearly on friday when they forcefully rejected the extremists many their midst and reclaimed the honor and dignity of a courageous city. >>> we want to bring in our foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty to talk a little bit about this, and honestly, jill, there is a different tone to these meetings now after you see these anti-american draegs across the middle east. i know that the secretary, she had a chance to meet with the president of pakistan. do we know anything about what came of that because there were some pretty significant protests over the weekend out of pakistan. >> you know, suzanne, this issue event video really is kind of overshadowing a lot of what's going on. it's not just the video. it's what happens to these arab spring countries now that they've gone through a year, year and a half of being free and moving toward democracy. it's a very rocky road. i was just saying that the sound that came from the president. he said one or two insane people sho
aing toed the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. u.s. officials say lost amid the tragedy and dramatic headlines was the fact that most were not massive protests but crowds numbering in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands. >> the mobs we've seen on the outside of these embassies are small minority. they're the ones who have largely lost in these emerging democratic processes. >> reporter: susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. said the attacks on u.s. targets began as spontaneous protests, rejecting earlier claims they were part of a plot to coincide with last week's anniversary of 9/11. the anti-american protests have fast become the obama administration's most pressing foreign policy crisis. but the white house faces other urgent challenges in the region. on sunday, four u.s. soldiers were killed in afghanistan. the latest in a breakout of insider attacks, where afghan forces target nato troops. and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu continued to ratchet pressure on washington to set a red line for iran. claiming iran is months away from being able to build a nuclear
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